Snoring and Sleep Apnoea
Sleep Apnoea Treatment Townsville
You may think that snoring is just an embarrassing problem but sometimes it can be the sign of a more serious condition
What causes sleep apnoea?
Sleep apnoea is caused by your airway becoming obstructed while you are asleep. This can happen when the muscles in your throat relax too much, causing an obstructed airway. This is the reason why most people snore while they are asleep. Unfortunately, these blockages are not something that you can control while you are sleeping. Weight, large tongue and tonsils can all cause sleep apnoea.
What are the symptoms of sleep apnoea?
The most noticeable symptom of sleep apnoea is snoring. However, it is important to note that if you snore, that does not automatically mean that you have sleep apnoea.
It is very common for those who suffer from sleep apnoea to be lethargic when awake and have irregular sleeping patterns since their sleep is often disrupted. Another common symptom is waking up with severe headaches.
How do I know for sure if I have sleep apnoea?
The only way to be certain that you suffer from sleep apnoea would be to go and get diagnosed by a specialist who will conduct a polysomnogram or ‘sleep study’. The study will consist of you having various pieces of non-invasive equipment attached to you before you go to sleep. This equipment will measure and test for multiple things such as your breathing patterns, brain activity and heart rate.
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